Dirty Looks: On Location
July 1 – 31, 2018
Los Angeles

Artnews announced today our centerpiece screenings for DIRTY LOOKS: ON LOCATION, a sweeping, month-long film and performance festival, presenting art in thriving queer community spaces or locales with hidden queer pasts. Taking the summer in stride, this truly experimental time-based arts festival aims to better blend the social with the cultural, engaging city venues to bring to light the complex relationships between sexuality, culture, gentrification, and forgotten or suppressed queer histories in unlikely and affective ways. 
L.A. plays itself in our four centerpiece programs, illuminating the decades of queer history that established our city as an international destination for LGBTQ arts and culture. Reflecting the diversity of content and exhibition approaches, these key screenings range from multimedia lecture, collage-style survey to immersive multi-channel installations. Collaborating with 13 L.A.-based curators, each of the festival’s 31 events are built from and engage the deep community bonds forged in marginalized spaces still so essential to queer daily life.

  • Sunday, July 1, 7:00 p.m.,   A Most Unusual Film Festival (50th Anniversary of the first L.A. homosexual film festival) Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth
  • Sunday, July 8, 3:00 p.m.,  Hard to look at: Favorites & Rarities by Zackary Drucker, REDCAT     
  • Sunday, July 15, 7:00 p.m.,  A Peek inside Circus of Books: first look at the in-progress documentary, Circus of Books West Hollywood     
  • Tuesday, July 3, 7:00 p.m.,   Gengoroh Tagame’s VHS Pornspiration, Tom of Finland Foundation

Launching July 1 with a 50th Anniversary multimedia celebration of L.A.’s first gay film festival held in the summer of ‘68 - plus 16mm screenings of two key works from the original event. Picture it: MacArthur Park, 1968.  In an attempt to court a growing, lucrative gay male audience, the sexploitation-centric Park Theater (on Alvarado, next door to Langer’s Delicatessen) swaps out its calendar of hetero cheesecake for a boundary-pushing slate of male-only content.  Kicking off this seismic wave is “A Most Unusual Film Festival” -- a summer-long parade of the Sixties’ queerest underground hits. Screening at 7PM in MacArthur Park’s Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth. Curated by Bret Berg
The first-ever survey of short films and performance documentation will screen July 8 at REDCAT exploring 12 years in the career of Zackary Drucker, photographer, filmmaker, performance artist, and producer of the award-winning television show, Transparent; post-screening conversation with Drucker and USC Professor in Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies Amelia Jones.  Curated by Darin Klein
Local artist Rachel Mason began work on a feature-length documentary chronicling her parents’ business, Circus of Books, two years ago, as the Silverlake location was closed. In preparation of the eventual closure of their West Hollywood location, we will host a discussion with the Masons and screen selections from the work-in-progress feature in Circus of Book West Hollywood on Sunday July 15 at 7pm. Curated by Marvin Astorga + Young Joon Kwak
For our closing night event, July 31 at 7PM, MASSIVE will introduce Gengoro Tagame’s earliest manga work from Barazoku magazine, screening footage of the artist discussing his longtime connection to the Tom of Finland Foundation while screening the VHS pornorgraphic output that inspired his gay erotic practice in the foundation’s many rooms and vestiges. Curated by Anne Ishii + Graham Kolbeins (Massive)

On Location is curated by: Marvin Astorga + Young Joon Kwak, Bret Berg, Coaxial Arts Foundation, Raquel Gutiérrez, Suzy Halajian, Darin Klein, Ryan Linkof, Massive, Nacho Nava, Bradford Nordeen, Joe Rubin + The Women’s Center for Creative Work.

The program was selected from curator proposals by the curatorial advisory committee, comprised of multi-faceted historians Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Jennifer Doyle + Lanka Tattersall. Map illustrated by Aimee Goguen. Photography by Paul Mpagi Sepuya.